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Pellet Waggler, a First Go…….

Some of the guys on Team Beechwood are dab hands with the popular technique of pellet waggler fishing, and none more so than Barry Smith.  So when I decided to take on one of the ‘Team Twister Challenges’, namely the ‘Pellet Waggler Novice’ challenge, I asked Barry if he’d kindly show me the ropes.  Being the guy he is, he agreed without hesitation to help me out, even offering to let me use his pellet waggler setup.  In fact, the only tackle of my own I used was a disgorger, old spoon landing net, and my very old but very trusty Shakespeare seat box!  Its years since I last parked my behind on this big green lump of plastic, but as soon as I did all those magical memories from childhood came flooding back.

Old faithful, big green Shakespear seat box, rammed full of memories!

This box has done some miles I can tell you, and most of them were done strapped across my back whilst I pedaled furiously, traveling by bike to the next fishing adventure.  Despite the years apart, it didn’t feel at all unusual to be sat on top of it again, wonderful thing it is!

The venue for the session, a few hours on a wet afternoon in early June, was Rosemary Wood.  A venue stuffed full of fish, lots of them carp, and lots of them really good-looking carp too; if you’ve seen Barry’s fully scaled mirror from earlier this year you know what I mean, if you havent seen it, you have now:

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Stunning fish taken by Barry on Pellet Waggler tactics with FEED+SSP hook bait.
So venue sorted, setup in order and a coach to guide me, I was full of anticipation to see how I’d get on.  Handling the waggler rod, lighter match reel and line, wasn’t a concern, fishing with this type of tackle was how it all started for me way back at the beginning of my angling life.  What I knew I would have to work hard at mastering, was the feeding style, and reading, or more importantly interpreting what the fish activity was telling me.  A new type of water craft to learn if you will, and I paid very close attention to Barry’s every word from the off.

Barry had rigged me up an 8g float to get me started.  We werent fishing miles out, but there were a few anglers on the lake so pressure was there, so a moderate distance was where I’d start.  The weight of the float was more to do with enabling me to control it more easily, rather than for pinging it out at range.  Main line was 8lb Guru Pulse down to 7lb Guru Drag, to a 14QM1 hook with a band hair rigged on.  Bait couldn’t be simpler, 12mm Trigonella Pellets, further enhanced by being soaked in Trigonella Glug, and FEED+SSP for hook baits.

The 12mm soaked pellets are ideal for firing out with the catapult, achieving the desired range, accuracy and importantly creating a good noise when they hit the water.  Being Trigonella, and further glugged in Trigonella, they’re highly attractive too.  The glugging not only boosts attraction, but also makes the pellets heavier, so they can be fired out further, more accurately and again they make more noise, that all important ‘plop’, a key element in this method.

The FEED+SSP hook baits are something Barry and I have been developing for some time now, and they are specifically designed to be used as hook baits when fishing pellet waggler.  Indeed, the ‘SSP’ stands for, ‘Slow Sinking Pellet’.  They’re based on the FEED+X HNV bait, with some added attractors, an adjusted density so they sink at the desired rate, and capped off with the excellent Shellfish Sense Appeal label.  They are absolutely bang on for fishing Pellet Waggler, and Barry’s input in its design has been highly valuable.  From the start he knew exactly what the bait needed to do, and through various incarnations the finished product is exactly what we wanted it to be.

FEED+SSP is absolutely perfect for fishing pellet waggler
With the float set at about 2 foot deep, with a gap of about 4″ between the float stops, to create a bolt effect on the take, I cast out.  I loaded the catapult with three pellets, and fired them at the float.  As soon as the pellets landed in the water I was already loading the next three in the catapult.  This method I was to learn is all about how you control the flow of the feed falling through the water.  ‘dumping in’ a big pouch full of pellets isn’t the one, it’ll draw the fish down in the water, too few or too infrequently and the fish will drift off and you wont generate the competitive feeding response you need.  Another three pellets are pinged out at the float.  I reel in, fire out some more pellets and re-cast.

This pattern I endeavour to keep going for the next 20-30 minutes, at which point I start to notice the odd swirl as the pellets hit the water.  Brilliant, I’ve got them in the swim and competing for the pellets!  Still with the constant flow of pellets and casting, three pellets, three times and re-cast was my chosen pattern.  Just as I’m getting into a nice rhythm the rods almost ripped from my hands and my first fish is on, and then off again….

I suffered a couple of lost fish when the bites frist started coming
Despite the lost fish, I was happy to get a bite and felt like I was now connected to the fish; by that I mean I had worked out the best timing between pinging pellets out to keep the fish really competing, and literally lining up waiting for the pellets to land.

Catching fish I found, really threw me off my rhythm in regards to feeding.  Battling with a hard fighting carp meant a good 5 mins would pass without any pellet going in.  Barry confirmed that when you ‘get good’ at it, you need to be able to fire pellets out whilst landing a fish.  Something I didn’t try this time around, being my first go, but I most certainly will next time.  What I intend to do is try firing pellets out with the rod in my hand to get the feel for it without a fish on first, and see how it goes.  Anyway, my eldest daughter at 5years old, Livvy, my other helper on the day saw my predicament and proceeded to help me by firing pellets while I played fish in.  Which was lovely of her, and would have been ideal had I been fishing 3 foot out, and six-foot to my left…….

absolutely love fishing with Livvy, and she even helped me keep constant feed going in!
A couple of hours in and I’d lost a few, and banked a few.  No lumps yet, but steady away and I was really enjoying it.  Rain was constant and at times pretty heavy, and as soaked through as we were we really didn’t care one bit!

To refine the tactic and try to convert the dropped fish into banked fish, we change the float for a 10g one, and shortened the length from float to hook slightly, only by a couple of inches.  The extra weight in the float increased my accuracy in the head wind, made more noise as it hit the water and enabled me to keep a tight line from float to rod tip.  This really helped with hooking the fish, because as I feathered the line, kept the tip low (something that was alien to me at first, but Barry guided me though the technique, I’m more sued to having the tip up on the cast, ready for the clip ‘bump’) with the heavier float this kept all the line in the water nice and tight.  This meant the instant the float hit the water, if a fish took the bait straight away I was in instant contact, and the fish was on.

You know what, it worked a charm!  I hit a sweet spot when it all came together; feeding pattern, casting, float control, twitching the float and hitting the fish.  I hit a run of fish, after fish after fish, and in that moment I fully understood what makes this technique so special, and so appealing.  It was mayhem, I was catching plump carp at a frightening rate!




Livvy was really enjoying it too!  It’s a great method for the youngsters, very active, and if you get it right lots of action!

Inevitably the larger fish then started to move in, and some very large swirls started appearing in amongst the normal patterns.  Ping, cast, ping, ping, cast, thwackkkkk, rod has ripped around the instant the FEED+SSP hit the water, and this is definitely a better fish on!  It leads me a merry dance left, then right, then left again, taking a lot of line on a couple of powerful runs.  Could it be one of the real lumps in here I start to wonder?

The rod is certainly giving me all its got, arched around in full battle curve mode, the line is giving me that gorgeous chorus as it sings under the strain!  Check this picture out, you can’t hear the line, but the rod angle says it all:

How utterly gorgeous is that sight!
As great as the fight was, it didn’t end well for me, and after several minutes of battling, it was one quick turn too many and the hook pulled.  Gutted, you bet I was, and after that prolonged ‘drought’ of feed going in I didn’t really get them fully going again after that.

Still, I learned a lot about what is a really cool, and exciting method!  We estimated I’d had about 45lb of carp in just a few hours, so I was pleased with that.  We have another Twister Challenge called the ‘Ton Up challenge’, 100lb of fish from any method, so I’m going to dedicate a full day to pellet waggler soon and give that one a bash, look out for that one.

With the session drawing to a close, I decided to get Livvy on the old Shakespear box for a go.  It was lovely to see her sat there, and the next fish we hooked she played in.  Shes caught small roach and skimmers before, but to her these fish were enormous!  She kept her cool, even though we sent it live on Facebook, and she netted her first ever carp.  Absolute golden memories are made on the bank, friends, family and fishing, it simply does not get any better.

By the way, check out Barry’s awesome adventure into specimen carp fishing, in his blog series ‘The Water Shot‘, he’s on an amazing adventure, part of which unfolded in the swim next to me on this session.  Yeah, you don’t think he’s going to a lake stuffed with carp and not take his new rods do you?  Not a chance, and he bagged a couple of beauties too!


Till next time guys, look out for my ‘Ton Up’ challenge coming soon, and big thanks to Barry and Livvy on this one, couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Tight lines



Rod V Pole – 14/1/17, with Barry Smith and Brian Coakley

Something new here for you all, it’s the Beechwood Baits Team Twister!

We’ve set-up a whole year stuffed with twists for you, which are basically challenges we’ve set ourselves.  Some are big, some are smaller, some will take us far and wide and some will be on our doorstep, what they will all be is varied, interesting and exciting twists on our fishing.

So, our first Twist takes us to Rosemary Wood Fishery in Ormskirk, on a Rod V Pole challenge featuring Barry Smith and Brian Coakley, both of whom I’m sure your familiar with from their respective blogs; ‘Its a Pleasure‘ and ‘Fishing on the Edge‘.

The whole idea for this Twist was to see which method is quicker at catching a few fish on a short session; the rod and line, or the pole.  Rules for this one were pretty straight forward, anglers set a peg apart, fishing with maggots on the hook and of course one using running line and the other on pole tackle.

Conditions when we arrived were less than favourable; Rosemary Wood fishes better with a ripple on the water, but at 7am on the 14th of Jan 2017, it was blowing a real wintry gale and the wind was carrying horizontal rain with it across the fisheries exposed banks.

We deliberated a move of venue, and a change of date, it was that harsh, but decided to crack on regardless!

Brian and Barry shake hands as the day gets underway

Barry setup on peg 42, today armed with the option of fishing a rod only, whilst Brian set up just to his right, given the option of fishing the pole only.

Both decided to start fishing close in, tight up to the reeds, or what was left of their winter ravaged stems.

Over to Brian to talk us through his opening tactics:

‘My overnight prep consisted of castors and dead red maggots soaked in hemp oil and 8 rigs made up, two of each float pattern with 0.16 main line and 0.129 hook lengths with size 20 and 18 hooks.  Four top kits all with different elastic’s unsure of the stamp of fish I was going to be catching and all rigs made to top 2 length, ensuring plenty of scope to change my depth round knowing that the fish will feed up in the water or just off the bottom if you find them.  Also the spare line from dacron to float gave me slack helping my presentation, with the strong wind blowing my pole all over the place but not lifting my float out the water.’

So Brian was set with an array of pole rigs, and different pole elastic strengths, so he had as many bases covered as possible on the day with plenty of options open.


Barry’s approach was more targeted:

Fish close in and catch roach with a 1g loaded crystal insert waggler, 12” hooklength and a size 18 hook, strike and lift in one movement for speed and create a weight of fish, feeding dead red maggots with a coating of Beechwood Baits hemp oil little and often.  As well as this feed the long line every 5 mins, dripping in the maggots for when I drop in on that line hoping the fish will be there waiting.  Fish at 20 turns clipped up with a 3g loaded crystal waggler, no shot on the line at all, 12” hooklength and an 18 hook, searching the water columns for where the fish are, but hoping to catch on the drop.  Live maggots soaked in Beechwood Baits hemp oil.


From the word go Barry was focusing on catching lots of fish at speed, evident by his setup geared to fish to hand and nab roach at pace.  Watching Barry fish his ‘fish in one move’ technique is impressive, and if you check out his blogs you’ll see what I mean in his videos.  It’s a very smooth, and accurate approach, and its easy to see how it can bank a lot of fish, very quickly.

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The day didn’t get off to the start either angler expected, quite the opposite in fact!  Brian did say he thought the afternoon would be more productive, but he struggled to get any bites at all during the morning session from a close in spot he’d had a fish a bung from on previous trips to the venue.  Barry was finding it equally tough going, and he’d also struggled to get a bite on his close in spot.  However, having the rod in his hand meant Barry could fish a larger expanse of water, and from the off he’d been feeding a spot at 20 turns out.

Brian sums up the morning session;

So later than expected we gave it the all in shout and I started feeding 3 swims top 2 and 2 with castors and maggots and left that one but every now again just a bit more feed, my two close in swims top 2 and 1 were against the reeds then about 2ft off trickling feed into them regular after an initial two pots of mixed bait into both.  Two rigs set slightly over depth to keep the bait on the deck and two for mid-water.  The weather was causing me all kinds of problems, a really strong side wind was making presentation awful to achieve close in and further out.  Surely this wasnt helping me with no fish and no bites.  After the first hour I started to change things with shotting patterns but still no fish no bites heading into the third hour, this now got me thinking this isn’t to be my day, Barry by now picking off a few fish with the waggler.  Time creeping up to the break and first weigh my head was all over the place still no fish no bites.  Then the wind dropped a little and the sun came out and I started to see the hemp oil rising to the top which was telling me there is fish there and they are feeding so back out onto my top 2 and 2, five missed bites later I netted my fish, then three more, a deflated me headed off to make us all a brew and have a chat……..

Barry had enjoyed more opening success after finding some fish further out, but regularly connecting with them and getting confident takes was a challenge, so he got his thinking cap on;

Ok so the roach were not in front of me, and after an hour of feeding and fishing on a throw line and feeding the 20 turns line for later,  I had 1 fish, so out came the 3g waggler and I started on the long line…..After 20 mins no fish shallow and by this time the weather was not great, gusting wind, overcast, spots of rain, dull, and quite frankly not great.  I decided to change my long line approach totally, and opted for a less loaded float and nailed the bait to the lake bed ……… float dipped and fish on.  I started to get a run of fish but they were small.  My bulk shot nailing the bait to the floor was not working as effectively on the strike so I changed shotting and made the last 2ft of line sink slower and went at least 6” overdepth.  Again a few fish came to the bank but small ….. then we had a break.

It was of course by now pretty obvious that the fishing wasnt going to be easy today, not by a long stretch, but then it is the middle of January and although a ‘balmy’ 4°C on the day, previously we’d had some hard frosts and biting winds.


The wind was causing both anglers issues to deal with, Barry changed his float numerous times until he got the presentation he was after, and Brian changed rigs, elastic’s and float to pole length often, again to get his presentation just right.  In these conditions and with bites at a premium, the guys knew despite cold hands they needed to remain focused and fish hard to get any results at all!

By the break both anglers were fishing further out, after the close in lines had proven fruitless.  Both had the foresight to feed lines further out, and this proved invaluable as this is where the bites had started to come from just before the break.  Both starting mid-water, and gradually moving down deeper, both had found that the fish wanted a bait presented hard on the bottom at this point, and the bites started to come.

Brew and catch up done, Brian’s a little more chipper now he’s had some action;

I was looking forward to getting back on my box just to see if the fish had stayed in my swim because the break was the last thing I needed.  What happened then and for the next 2 hours or so was rewarding and put a smile on my face, fish and bites came plenty on all my rigs and in two of my swims, I stuck to a pattern of throwing in 4/5 castors in every 30 seconds keeping the fish fighting for my hook bait sometimes taking it on the drop, now this is what I came for decent hybrids, roach, perch and some small skimmers meant I was now quickly putting a weight together. 

Barry’s tactics now totally adjusted and refined, the second half sees him enjoying some pretty frantic action;

After the break I caught steady, but again the stamp was very small.  It was satisfying to eventually figure out the peg on a particularly poor day.  The temperature dip from the day before was not great and this had an effect on the roach fishing.  Although I caught more fish than Brian, my stamp was not anywhere near what Brain was hooking into, with him hitting some big hybrids and me with all small roach.

The second half of the session was incredible to watch from a neutral point of view.  Battered by not only the testing conditions, a restriction on methods available and the fishing being really testing, both Brian and Barry dug really deep, constantly changing and adapting to the conditions.  In the second half Barry was now catching fish steadily, and his focused turned from getting bites, to hooking fish more often, to getting quicker bites, and back round the cycle again in a seemingly relentless pursuit to maximise his catch rate.


Brian in the second half had got his longer line and his close in reed line both rocking, and his focus and grit really shone through.  He didn’t back off, he just dug deeper, and stuck to his plan, and slowly but surely it was paying off.

Interestingly both anglers had worked thorough the day to find what the fish wanted, and had found initially going further out, with baits hard on the bottom, and less frequent but slightly heavier baiting was the order of the day.  Neither really knew what the other was doing, but both had unlocked the code, come to the same conclusion and we’re catching at pace.  Both had also found that dead reds soaked in hemp oil seemed to be the one on the day for the hook.

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The only real difference was in feeding strategies, Barry was feeding maggots, dead and live, whist Brian was feeding caster, maggot again dead and live, and a few micros.  Would this prove to have a bearing on the results I wondered?

At the close of play, I was amazed at how many fish the guys had both caught.  On a day when the conditions would have put some off, indeed even we questioned our sanity for a moment, and looking round the lake action elsewhere seemed thin on the ground.  That’s no reflection of the venue at all, these were really rough conditions make no mistake, it’s simply a measure of how the hard work the guys put in paid off.

Brian Sums his day up;

I finished up with a net weight of 11lb 4oz not bad for 2 hours of catching after all that mother nature threw at us all week and then on the day of fishing.  Not able to see what Barry was catching every time I bumped a fish or missed a bite had me thinking how important it was just to stay calm and not to rush things and just keep to the feeding pattern going and get them fish in the net.  3-30pm and we was out a brief chat like two poker players not giving much away what was in our nets, my net out first and I was pleasantly pleased even before I got it onto the scales but 11lb 4oz oh I was so made up considering less than three hours ago I hadn’t a bite, Barry although catching over 40 fish weighed in at 5lb 2oz.  So hands were shaken on a hard day were I would say we just got the better of the weather with the fish we ended up with and for me a lesson in don’t give up and dont be scared to make not just a change but several changes.  Is the pole quicker than rod?  I’m still in favour of the pole, on a different day it so easily could go the other way, I am a believer the weather conditions will always have a big say on any future duels.


Barry concludes;

I took a lot from this challenge and here are my thoughts: Brian impressed me for showing mental strength, he didn’t have a fish for 4 hours and was very dejected, but he stuck at it and made changes, showed his personality and he did very well, this told me a lot about the man and what he is made of.

Rod faster than pole?  I have learned that you can’t judge a method over another because every dog has its day and given a different set of circumstances, the results will always be different. What I do know is no matter how hard a place fishes, if you stick at it, work it out, and never give in, then every fish you catch that day is worth its weight in gold.


So there you have it, on the day the pole came out on top, but as both guys pointed out, on a different day it could have been a different story.  Both anglers agreed that given the conditions they would probably have fished a small feeder setup, given the chance.  However, under the Team Twister challenge restrictions, the guys we’re forced to dig deep and work hard on methods not ideally suited to the situation, scaling new heights of angling mental stamina and resolve.

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A huge well done to both Brian and Barry, not only did I find the day really enjoyable in their company, but it was magic to see two anglers so dedicated to the mission at hand.

See you at the next Twister!


Check out our short video of the day here: Team Twister, Rod V Pole


2016 Winter Round up – By Brian Coakley

So I thought I’d share a few pictures with you to close the last few sessions of 2016.

Lloyds meadow, Rosemary wood, Cheshire fisheries, Greens Lane and Blakemere all featured for myself and a few of the lads at the end of 2016, along with a variety of species from carp, crucians, roach, perch, tench and bream.  You name it, we caught it!


Temperatures as low as -4ºC and not reaching above 10°C didn’t make for prolific catching during November and December ……. but we gave it a go, and we still had a few!


With conditions changing such as frozen lakes to freezing winds added to that bright sunshine and gin clear water, with water levels at their lowest, tactical preparation was a bit difficult so it was back to light tackle and small baits, along with my first try on the Beechwood Baits Excelsor Winter Match Pack.  Something not currently available, but we are working on bringing out match packs to compliment all the baits in our range.


Cheshire fisheries pool 3, great place for winter carp and the odd Cray fish.


A Saturday trip to Lloyds Meadow, Badger Lake proved to be a step to far for myself and Barry to catch anything else apart from a few roach after we had broke the ice

As you can see it was a tad cold at Lloyds so most of the day was spent chatting and picking the brains of Danny for our future carp adventures


Rosemary wood different day different weather maggots soaked in hemp oil from Beechwood Baits for silvers and it got  smashed by the lads using the pole , not a sniff on the feeder or the waggler for the better stamp of fish on bigger baits .


Gawsworth hall was a new venture and quite a treck  from the car park for the lake we chose.  This is a must when the weather warms up.


Our Beechwoodbaits social at Blakemere  saw me have a dabble behind some alarms, such a beautiful place with great rewards on offer.


Back to Cheshire fisheries pool 4. Not the best of days but a few fish caught none the less.


Please, feel free to have a scan through my previous blog posts, where you’ll find write ups on loads of my fishng trips, including the ones I’ve briefly rounded up here which I visited through the colder months.

When you have a great bunch of mates like I do (Stu, Ian, Michael,  Callum and Barry) when I go fishing sometimes it’s not about how many or how big the fish are; it’s the banter and friendship, which to be honest I would not have met these lads if it wasn’t for fishing!

So, tight lines for 2017, until then it’s been a pleasure!

Hemp Oil for Silvers – By Barry Smith

The water temp has dipped, the wind is bitter, the frost has bitten and the fish have been affected, haven’t they?

1Now I do understand why a lot of anglers slow their feed down during the cold months, and I also understand why a lot of anglers don’t even bother during the winter months, I am often up at “sparrow Fart”, looking out of the window of my bedroom and thinking “Barry you must be bonkers”.  Then the Mrs turns over and actually says “you are bonkers” …. But I carry on regardless (there is a song there somewhere).

Today’s 3 hour session was simply to introduce you to Beechwood Baits Pure Hemp Oil and its potential.  The target species is a well-known lover of hemp seed so I guess using hemp oil is matching the hatch so to speak.

I am talking about Roach.  The species that keep feeding during the coldest of months and live in huge shoals, often in abundance in specimen carp waters.  What baffles me about this particular fact is this …… it is written about so many times over and over again in most fishing magazines, year after year, and yet many anglers overlook the potential sport that is right under their nose on specimen carp waters.  I urge you to try your local specimen carp water for roach and silvers in general; you may be very pleasantly surprised.  And I would guess you may be hooking fish that are not at all hook shy.  I also put it out there that if you have never fished a specimen lake for silvers in the winter but would love to give it a try, maybe not confident of how to go about it, just starting out with your fishing, a little shy, or feel silly asking, please don’t be ….. Contact me and I will share the bank with you and show you a specimen carp lakes potential first hand, from rigs, line, hooks, bait the job lot.

One such venue which is local to me is Rosemary Wood Specimen Lake.


From a personal point of view Beechwood Baits have a fantastic relationship with the owners Phil and Pete Dewhurst who take an active interest in our activities and portfolio, and kindly allow Beechwood Baits to test baits, shoot promotion footage and showcase the potential of the lake which we are very grateful for.  As a result of such a great relationship we have used this venue for a team social and will use it for many more.

Setting the scene:

On the peg the freezing cold bitter wind is in my face left to right slightly which makes it near on impossible to present bait at any distance on the pole so I decide to leave my pole in the car and only take out my top two sections ……. (Another added bonus with Rosemary Wood Fishery is your car is right on your peg)

Using two top 2 sections both with white Hydro set loose, I opt for two wire stem floats that cock immediately allowing me to see bites right away.

The main rig is a KC Carpa Chimp 4X10 with 0.15 reflo to a 0.12 6 inch hook length and the hook is a size 18  B911 Kamasan spade end pattern.  3 dropper shot down the line shirt button style to let the bait sink slow, set at dead depth.  (For the beginners out there or the non-savvy terminal tackle angler please don’t be flustered with all this detail, it is really very simple once you know what you’re using and setting this rig up is very easy).  Again, if you want to have a chat about it, give me a shout, you can find me easily enough on Facebook.

The second rig was identical but set shallow with a little stem cut down and a little bristle cut off ………… how easy is that!


Now comes the reason I am writing this ……. Hemp Oil!  The star of the show.

Hemp oil is super rich in vitamins, minerals, Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils and is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. But it does a lot more than have amazing stats…….. when added to bait such as maggots, pellets or corn it not only sends the oil slick of attraction through the columns of water to the surface, creating a playground for species such as roach and skimmers, it also has the added advantage of letting you know if there is any tow in the lake, because the slick is a giveaway when your bait moves on the lake bed. The flat spots of slick tell you exactly where your bait is.

On this occasion I was using a pint of dead red maggots and remember at the beginning of the blog I eluded to slowing down feeding during winter?  Well I personally don’t and in 3 hours I used just shy of a pint of dead red maggots.

Ok so how much hemp oil do I use …… simple …… 3 lid’s full to every pint is what I have found to be the optimum balance.  And one bottle will last you for many sessions using this ratio.

My feed pattern is again very simple but logical ….. It really is.

I loose feed every single put in, regardless ……. Using 8/10 maggots and then I whip the rig over the top of the loose feed right away.

If I don’t get a bite before the float has settled and the rig is at dead depth, I will leave for around 10 seconds and repeat the process.

If I find bites are coming on the drop I switch to a shallow rig but I constantly keep the feed going in bites or no bites.

On this session it was apparent that my loose fed maggots were being pushed close into my feet because I could see the slick rising up, this gave me two options, to either drop in over where my maggots where eventually settling or loose feed further out to ensure they settled where I wanted them to settle. This demonstrates the added attention to detail hemp oil gives your bait.

To summarise, how could a shoal of roach resist seeing a constant slick of their favourite nibble hitting the water.  And all I have done is added three caps full of Beechwood Baits Pure Hemp Oil to a bait ……… giving me the edge on a hard winters day.

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Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my blog, and if you fancy a session for roach using Beechwood Baits Hemp Oil, then contact me and we can get fishing on the edge.


Rosmary Wood, 2nd September, Team Social! – By Brian, Stu and Barry

Beechwood match team 24hr session Rosemary Wood…….Brian, Stu and Barry Rosemary Wood fishery was our choice to debut our new Beechwood baits match team for a bit of cross over angling, night fishing and an all round good laugh with some friends popping along too.
We arrived nice early Friday morning to blustery and overcast conditions, perfect for the plan of attack we had spoken about, Phil and Pete had kindly reserved 8 pegs for us with plenty of room to get the cars and all our gear right next to the pegs.
The Fishery consists of two lakes; Moss Lake which is approximately 5 acres and having 50 pegs and the smaller Island Pool at 3 acres with 41 pegs, these lakes are available for club match bookings and pleasure fishing.
Our main line of attack was as follows; With local knowledge, past sessions and target species being total carp approach we decided on fishing 11mm banded pellet glugged with Trigonella on float, and 10mm Trigonella Boilie on Bomb, feeding 11mm pellets.  Any smaller bait will bring in the mass shoals of skimmers which we wanted to avoid.  Float choice, always weather dependant so we always ensure we have a wide selection ranging from 4g up to 16g as well as long and short floats.  Today’s session was a mixture of 8g 10g 12g and 14g . 15” hooklength with 12/14/16 banded hooks and speed stops.  Pellet waggler; Fishing roughly 30m starting at 3ft deep peppering the float with 2 pellets a ‘pult constantly for the first half hour created enough noise to bring the fish in and start taking pellets.  Once the carp started confidently turning on the pellets we dropped the feed down and let them compete high up in the water which resulted in many times all three of us fighting fish at the same time.  As the session progressed we chopped and changed depths, floats and feed patterns to combat shy fish and wind conditions and ultimately keep in touch with the resident carp, also using the bomb tactics was simply a great way to give the shallow swim a rest while still catching carp.  Simply fishing the same distance we had been feeding the shallow line, we dropped in on 10mm Trigonella Boilie on a 3/4oz free running bomb and let the carp rip the rods round.
We were very grateful today as we were allowed to use keepnets which we weighed in every 2-3 hours, whilst weighing the fish we also had carp care kits to patch up any damaged fish.
Although this is mainly a carp water, there are lots of good silver fishing to be had if you decide to fish the method feeder, swapping round from 24grm pellet feeder with Trigonella soaked 8/11m on banded hook and micros soaked in Trigonella glug to the in line hybrid feeder filled with micros and a 10mm trigonella boilie or a 8mm wafter popped up about 1″,this was a good go to method when the waggler and bomb went quiet, bringing good bream, skimmers and a steady flow of carp (no pictures of silver as we were on a catch and release as not to mix them up with the heavier fish) #Trigonella
As the day drew on it was quite obvious we were all having a great day with Callum, Michael and Roy catching steady and back at base camp Lucas was keeping us all happy feeding us with snacks and drinks and dropping onto our boxes catching when we were needing a break.  Callum on fishing with team beechwood “it’s great to get out with Team Beechwood, they always have time for me and I learn so much, I always seem to progress with my angling”.
Night time approaching the wind had dropped and the clouds had disappeared and the talk had switched to whats for tea from the chippy and were the hell was Gav (some say he was catching up on X-Factor).
After having a fantastic day we decided at about six o’clock to start sorting out the carp rods for the night, Stu was setting two up for himself and two for me.  All rods need to be set up on running leads as per fishery rules and largest hooks size eight and all hooks to be barbless.  First rod a two once running lead to an eight inch hook length tied to a size eight fished a Trigonella boilies on a snowman rig a size 10mm bottom bait topped with a whittled down matching pop up I put a two inch stick mix for added attraction.  Second rod was same size weight and hook this was set on a stiff mono hook link but used a 16mm Musselberry bottom bait which had been soaked in matching glug again whittled down slightly this was done for two reasons; One left larger baits to deter the smaller fish and the Second it’s releases the scent quicker into the water column and to make them less wary as if the smaller fish had been pecking at them these are our thoughts anyway.  After a busy night with some stunning carp the best close to 15lb which gave Stu a few slaps for its troubles, with the trigonella taking most of the fish when Stu managed to get some sleep we told him he woke the rest of the lads up with his snoring.
Our first 24 hour session proved to be a productive and positive one for the already reliable Trigonella range.  Plenty of Carp were caught, Rosemary Wood is a place we will visit time and time again, until next time it’s been a pleasure!